Periquera 1st Position Revision

Course: Mosaic of Rhythms



Take a close look at this revision lesson topic as we will take you through the progression of the Periquera. The progression is indicated in the illustration found below and is later demonstrated within the videos. Do play close attention to this lesson as it is highly important for the next 3 topics as we will go from the first position all the way through the 3rd and then making use of advanced chords.

This is the basic pattern which is necessary to learn first. Once you familiarize yourself with the pattern, then you can begin to apply the progression to any key and group of chords.

Whenever referring to I or V we are referring to the position of the note relative to the key in which it is being played. For example, if we are playing a song in a D key, then the note in the primary position (or I) will be the first note which starts with D. The second note will be E, third note be F etc. By using this method, you can apply the patterns below to any key and play (in this case) a Periquera.

Periquera Progression

Progression Periquera

Periquera Demonstration

The following demonstration is the Periquera played in a D key. It is a simple version which has a great swing to it. The Periquera is played with the rhythm of Joropo.

Periquera Example: D Key

If you notice, the way which a Cuatrista plays is making use of different kinds of strumming and accents. You will be able to learn how to make use of the techniques without a problem and can already start to experiment with them. For the moment, try to keep to the basic methods of strumming and go ahead and play yourself a Periquera!


Upload your version of the Periquera. It starts to get complicated and is a long progression. Be certain to watch out for the half measures where you need to switch chords quickly. Upload your video to your progress folder.

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